Job Opportunities & Fellowships

Job Opportunities

Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System

The GCOOS Board of Directors is undertaking a national search for the organization’s next leader. The position includes:
  • Supervision and management of the GCOOS team and their associated projects.
  • Representing GCOOS at scientific conferences and workshops and other venues as deemed appropriate by the GCOOS Board of Directors. (i.e. annual IOOS DMAC meeting, Ocean Sciences meeting, AGU, etc.)
  • Growing the GCOOS Membership and Data Holdings by seeking new data streams in the Gulf of Mexico and working with partners to add the data to the GCOOS data portal.
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Integrated Ocean Observing System – Physical Scientist

IOOS is hiring!  They are looking for a physical scientist to oversee multi-year and annual planning of national and regional ocean observation systems, serve as a senior expert in oceanography and other physical sciences to provide an authoritative source of technical guidance to other functional specialists, analyze, assess and present recommendations based on observing system requirements, gaps and resourcing need and coordinate collaboration between non-federal regional, intra-agency, and inter-agency ocean and coastal observing scientific and technology partners.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine

The National Academies is seeking a Senior Program Officer — Gulf Environmental Protection and Stewardship Program. The position is responsible for developing and managing highly complex programs or projects within the Gulf Research Program’s Environmental Protection and Stewardship portfolio and will work closely with NASEM appointed committees, external stakeholders, and end-users to design, implement, and manage a portfolio of grants, contracts, workshops and other activities focused on improving understanding and forecasting of the Gulf of Mexico circulation, sea level rise, coastal changes and other physical science opportunities and challenges in the Gulf region.

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR); Associate Scientist II Population Dynamics Modeler

NCAR/UCAR has an opening for an Associate Scientist II who will utilize a solid foundation in population dynamics models to develop a “Population Consequences of Multiple Stressors” (PCOMS) model to characterize the population responses of cetaceans in the Gulf of Mexico to natural and anthropogenic stressors with a focus on sperm whales and pantropical spotted dolphins. The incumbent will be responsible for working with a team to develop and implement a model, evaluate and present results, develop plans for field projects, and provide model outputs to end users. This position will be located at the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, FL.

Georgia Southern University – Assistant Professor in Marine Science

The James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science in the College of Science and Mathematics invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Marine Science. The home campus for this position will be the Savannah campus but may require teaching on the other campuses including those in Hinesville, GA and Statesboro, GA. The Assistant Professor of Marine Science position requires research, teaching, and service responsibilities as well as a doctoral degree in Marine Science, Oceanography, Biology or a related field. This position is part of a new initiative in environmental science and will be part of a growing Sustainability Science BS Program. The successful candidate will develop a high-impact, externally funded research program in any area of marine science (broadly defined) that will complement existing research strengths in southeastern US coastal and/or nearshore ecosystems. In addition to contributing to the new BS degree in Sustainability Science, the successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The position is an academic 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Mote Marine Laboratory — Several Openings

Mote Marine Laboratory, a nonprofit marine research laboratory based in Sarasota, Florida, that also includes a public aquarium, has a positions open.

Postdoctoral Positions

NOAA; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences – Postdoctoral and Senior Associates

The National Ocean Service, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research seeks a postdoctoral scientist in remote sensing photogrammetry of coastal and marine habitats using unoccupied autonomous systems. The program conducts research and syntheses to develop decision support tools, geospatial models, and data products to inform coastal ecosystem management. They use a suite of field sampling and remote-sensing tools, advanced underwater remote sensing and hydroacoustics technologies, underwater optics, autonomous underwater vehicles and scuba diving to design ecological assessments and experiments to understand impacts of stressors on coastal marine ecosystems. The primary focus for this opportunity will develop remote imaging techniques such as photogrammetry and structure-from-motion using airborne and underwater optics to develop high-resolution digital models for use in ecological research and modeling for the assessment of coral reef ecosystems and restoration.

NRC Research Associateship Programs Postdoctoral and Senior Research Awards

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sponsors awards for postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $45,000 – $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Limited graduate level awards are also available. These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.

Stockholm University, Department of Meteorology

Postdoctoral Fellow in Arctic ocean–ice dynamics. This two-years postdoctoral position will examine interactions between Arctic Atlantic Water and the North Greenlandic Ice Sheet. A focus is the Ryder Glacier, which has Greenland’s third largest floating ice tongue. The position is part of an international project, including Stockholm University and US partners, that investigates the dynamics of the North Greenland’s marine cryosphere and its role for climate and sea level rise.

  • Closing date 30 April, 2021.
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PhD Position Arctic Ocean dynamics.  This four-years Ph. D. project uses remote sensing and modelling to study the circulation of Atlantic Water in the Arctic Ocean. An aim is to develop an improved representation of the Arctic Atlantic Water circulation during the satellite-altimetry era.The project is a collaboration with University of Oslo, where another Ph. D. student will be employed to examine related questions.

  • Closing date 23 April, 2012.
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The Gulf Research Program’s Early-Career Research Fellowship supports emerging scientific leaders as they take risks on research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving offshore energy system safety and the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Because the early years of a researcher’s career are a critical time, the relatively unrestricted funds and mentoring this fellowship provides help recipients navigate this period with independence, flexibility, and a built-in support network. They will be opening the 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship Application Cycle with significant changes to the fellowship program structure by introducing a three-topic track system with application periods spread out over the year. The three tracks, aligned with the Gulf Research Program’s program areas, are:

  • Human Health and Community Resilience
  • Environmental Protection and Stewardship
  • Offshore Energy Safety
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The University of Florida Center for Coastal Solutions (CSS) and Florida Sea Grant (FSG)

The University of Florida Center for Coastal Solutions(CSS) and Florida Sea Grant(FSG) are pleased to announce a new year-long (12-month) coastal policy analyst opportunity to advance the development and implementation of science-based coastal policy in Florida. The position will support the mission of Florida Sea Grant through the new Center for Coastal Solutions in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. The Florida Sea Grant CSS Analyst Fellow position is designed to provide a recent graduate or early career professional an opportunity to acquire experience in researching, developing, and implementing coastal and marine policy in Florida and beyond.In particular, the selected analyst will develop interdisciplinary skills working with scientists and policy professionals at the forefront of the marine and coastal science-policy interface, with an emphasis on proactively addressing water quality hazards such as harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the marine and coastal environment.

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

This new fellowship program is for graduate students and based at the national estuarine research reserves. A two-year fellowship opportunity for MS and Ph.D. students will be available at each of the 29 coastal sites. Through a research project, fellows will address a key coastal management question to help scientists and communities understand coastal challenges that may influence future policy and management strategies. Includes travel and stipend.